CWA NJ EXECUTIVE BRANCH CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE | April 16, 2018

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CWANJ Tentative Agreement Notice April 16 2018 FINAL

Dear CWA Members,

WE HAVE A TENTATIVE AGREEMENT FOR A CONTRACT for State Workers (Executive Branch).

We reached an agreement on a July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2019 contract with the Murphy Administration that addresses all retroactive increments, clothing allowance and two across the board increases of 2% and 2%.

We will meet with Shop Stewards and get you the details of the Agreement this week. We will be announcing voting details and dates soon through our shop stewards and worksite broadcasts. You will be able to see everything in writing before the ratification vote.

We achieved our goals. The contract improves on the pattern set by other settlements and sets a foundation for our next contract. We bargained to receive all of our increments retroactively and raises for workers at max. There are no concessions in this tentative agreement. We protected the Contract.

We also know we waited a long time to reach this agreement and we have new issues to bargain for the next one. We will begin bargaining the next contract a year in advance, and have bargaining dates for the next round already scheduled in May 2018.

Your Bargaining Team unanimously supports this Agreement. When we fight— we win!

In Solidarity,

Your Bargaining Team

NJ Direct Primary Care Week June 18-22, 2018

Join New Jersey’s Public Sector Unions for a tele-town hall call on Direct Primary Care

Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 7PM

Learn more about the Direct Primary Care program that features no co-pays or out-of-pocket costs and hear from doctors and patients who are part of the program.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP! 

The New Jersey State Health Benefits Program (SHBP) and School Employees’ Health Benefits Program (SEHBP) offers employees and their covered dependents the opportunity to join a Direct Primary Care doctor’s office at no additional cost.  Simply choose a Direct Primary care doctor from Paladina Health or R-Health and get unlimited access to personalized care with no co-pays, when and where it’s convenient for you.

Learn more at: http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/pensions/dcpmh.shtml

 

Tele-Town Hall Call 6/14 @ 7:00pm Call In

Pick Up The Phone! CWA Tele-town hall call Thursday June 14 at 7PM 855-269=4484

Make 3 calls for a fair budget!

Make 3 Calls for a FAIR BUDGET!  Call your STATE SENATOR and BOTH ASSEMBLYMEMBERS NOW!  609-400-4763

Governor Murphy’s Budget Plan:

  • Invest in education and transportation
  • Rebuild services after Christie
  • Record pension payment
  • Tax millionairs and corporations

After eight years of Chris Christie, New Jersey needs to rebuild.  Governor Phil Murphy has introduced a responsible budget to help us do just that.  Now we need to get it passed.

Instead of relying on budget gimmicks, Murphy wants to invest in our communities with initiatives like a millionaire’s tax and by closing corporate tax loopholes.

Some Legislative leaders are talking about shutting down state government or more health care and pension cuts to public workers BEFORE raising taxes on millionaires.

MAKE 3 CALLS FOR A FAIR BUDGET! 609-400-4763

You’ll be prompted to enter your zip code to connect to your Legislators.  Tell them:

“My name is _____ and I live in ____.  After 8 years of failed budget priorities, it’s time to tax millionaires to invest in education, transportation, services, and pensions.  Support Governor Murphy’s budget with SUSTAINABLE new revenue, including a millionaire’s tax.” 

 

CWA Tele-town Hall Thursday June 14 at 7:00pm

Attention Nursing Mothers

1033 Nursing Mothers Departmental Contacts 9 2017

If you need space at work that provides you a private location to express yourself, arrangements can be made by contacting the nursing mother coordinator in your department.

Education and Equity Meeting 5/29

 

Education and Equity Committee meeting Tuesday May 29, 2018 at 5:00PM Location: CWA 1033 321 West State Street.  All members are welcome. Please RSVP by the 23rd to CWA Local 1033 609-394-7725

Governor Murphy Signs Workplace Democracy Enhancement Act

CWA Local 1033 Final Certification of Election

Insider NJ – Press Release Governor Murphy Signs Workplace Democracy Enhancement Act

Governor Murphy signs “Workplace Democracy Enhancement Act” – Assembly Bill No. 3686 (First Reprint) – which recently received overwhelming support from both Houses of the State Legislature.  Governor Murphy particularly commended Senate President Sweeney and Speaker Coughlin for their leadership and prime sponsorship of this important legislation.

STATE WORKER EXECUTIVE BRANCH CONTRACT RATIFIED

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

We have a Contract!  Below are complete results compiled from all Locals.

CLICK HERE FOR PRINTER FRIENDLY .PDF version of the CWA Contract Ratification Notice

Administrative-Clerical Unit

YES    99.6%
NO         .4%

Professional Unit

YES       99.7%
NO            .3%

Primary Level Supervisors Unit

YES         99.4%
NO               .6%

Higher Level Supervisors Unit

YES        99.6%
NO              .4%

Total

YES    99.6%
NO       .3%

Over 70% of our members voted and hundreds of new members joined the Union. Our members stood up to Chris Christie’s concessions, proving once again that When We Fight – We Win!

In Solidarity,

Your Bargaining Team

Dennis Trainor
CWA District 1
Vice President

Hetty Rosenstein
CWA NJ
Area Director

John Rose
President
CWA Local 1031

Patrick Kavanagh
President
CWA Local 1032

Gaye Palmer
President
CWA Local 1033

Adam Liebtag
President
CWA Local 1036

Ken McNamara
President
CWA Local 1037

Shawn Ludwig
President
CWA Local 1038

Gladys Finnigan
Temporary Administrator
CWA Local 1039

Carolyn Wade
President
CWA Local 1040

PRESS RELEASE: CWA RATIFIES CONTRACT WITH MURPHY ADMINISTRATION COVERING 35K WORKERS

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

Contact: Joshua Henne, 732-407-5938

CWA RATIFIES CONTRACT WITH MURPHY ADMINISTRATION COVERING 35K WORKERS

(TRENTON, NJ)  Today, the Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO announced that it has ratified a Contract with the Murphy Administration.  The Contract covers 35,000 workers employed by the Executive Branch of New Jersey State Government in the Administrative/Clerical, Professional and Supervisory Bargaining Units.

“This Contract finally closes the book on the Christie Administration,” said New Jersey CWA Director Hetty Rosenstein.  “CWA was unwilling to permit Chris Christie to flout the law and destroy collective bargaining.   We held our ground, and are heartened that the terrible Christie chapter of New Jersey history is now over.  Our members were very supportive of CWA’s commitment to hold out. And we are ecstatic that they’ve overwhelmingly ratified this Agreement.”

“We are heartened to reach this fair agreement with the Murphy Administration,” said CWA District 1 Vice-President Dennis Trainor.  “This is a great day for New Jersey and the working men and women who dedicate their lives to making state government run.”

The term of the Contract is from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2019.   The terms of the Agreement include two across the board salary increases of 2% beginning August 15, 2017 and another 2% beginning the first pay period in July, 2018.

The Contract also includes a settlement with the State of New Jersey over litigation that was precipitated by the Christie Administration when automatic performance “step increases” or “increments” that were unilaterally stopped at the expiration of the last Contract.   That litigation mirrored lawsuits that were brought earlier by police department unions in Atlantic County and Bridgewater Township.  In those two cases, the Supreme Court of New Jersey overturned the ending of automatic increments.  The Settlement includes a provision that all workers employed as of April, 2018 will receive back pay for all of the increments they were denied and will be placed on step as if they had received those increments on time.

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CALCULATING YOUR SALARY AND RETROACTIVE PAY

CALCULATING YOUR SALARY AND RETROACTIVE PAY

• Pay Scales as of June 30, 2015
↳ http://cwanj.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Civil-Service-Wage-Rates-CWA-06-30-2015-FINAL.pdf

• Estimated Wage Tables as of August 15, 2017 2% Raise
↳ http://cwanj.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Civil-Service-Wage-Rates-CWA-8-15-2017-FINAL.pdf

• Estimated Wage Tables as of July 1, 2018 2% Raise

• ↳ http://cwanj.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Civil-Service-Wage-Rates-CWA-7-1-2018-FINAL.pdf